Fonds MG 599 - Walter Slipchenko fonds

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Walter Slipchenko fonds

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MG 599

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  • 1930-2010 (inclusive); 1970-1995 (predominant) (Creation)

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5.28 m of textual records, library, 1,304 slides, 231 photographs, 10 internegs, 1 disc; website.

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Walter Slipchenko was born in Winnipeg in 1934 and grew up in that city. He attended the Canadian Military College at Royal Roads, Victoria, BC, and the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, ON, becoming an officer in the Royal Canadian Engineers. Upon leaving the military, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Arts in 1966 before joining the federal public service in Ottawa. Walter had a distinguished 35-year career in the public service within the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) and the Government of Northwest Territories, focused on Aboriginal affairs and Canada's circumpolar relations. He was instrumental in developing Canada's cooperation with other circumpolar states, and nurturing agreements with Russia on the Arctic. Moreover, apart from his bilateral engagement, at the multilateral level he was involved in supporting former Ambassador Mary Simon's leadership in the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996, and served as Executive Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat during Canada's chairmanship in 1996-1998. He was unwavering in his support of Indigenous peoples throughout the circumpolar world. Walter Slipchenko died in 2016.

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The materials were inventoried by Harald Finkler and Andrew Slipchenko following Walter Slipchenko’s death.

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This fonds contains materials created or accumulated by Walter Slipchenko during his career and during research for his definitive report, Canada's Arctic Cooperation with the Soviet Union and Russia, 1965-2000. The documentation is comprehensive, covering a number of subjects and organizations, and provides a valuable record of circumpolar life across several nations. In addition to the physical items, it includes a website, which provides further information on the scope of the report and the development of international, circumpolar relationships.

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see also MG 621: Harald Finkler fonds; MG 146: Walter Kupsch fonds; MG 299: Denis St. Onge fonds; MG 216: RW Williamson fonds; RG 2100: Institute for Northern Studies fonds


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